Brazil: Why Police Body Cameras Are Taking Off, Even After Eric Garner’s Death / Robert Muggah

Around the world, police officers are regularly implicated in using excessive force. In the United States, around 400 so-called “justifiable homicides” take place each year, though no one—whether a public institution or a private monitoring group—actually knows for certain. Recent high-profile killings of young black men in American cities are once again forcing a debate about racial profiling and police violence. And the outcomes of this discussion have global implications with even the UN weighing in.

The trigger for the latest round of protests in the US is the killing of 18-year old Michael Brown by
police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The mishandling of the incident last August
precipitated statewide riots and stinging criticism about the creeping militarization of law
enforcement. Public outrage escalated further this month after the decision of a grand jury not to
indict New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Daniel Pantaleo in the murder of Eric Garner. Protests are breaking out across the country. SEE MORE…

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